In a phone call with Axios on Wednesday, Mr Trump insisted that Susan Wright’s defeat in the election to represent Texas’ 6th Congressional District was not a “loss” to him, given that her opponent was a Republican.
Axios reported that the race between Ms. Wright and the winner, elected MP Jake Ellzey, created a rift between some members of Mr. Trump’s small circle and the Conservative Club for Growth, whose director urged the former president to support Ms. Wright for the position.
“This is the only race we have lost together,” Mr Trump said of the Club for Growth, before apparently correcting himself and adding, “This is the only race we have … is not a loss, again I I don’t want to pretend it is a loss, it was a win.
“The big problem was we had two really good people who were both Republican. It was victory, ”he added.
While the insistence on his own victory may seem absurd to some, the former president clearly intends to maintain his status as the GOP kingmaker, a mark that will not hold up if candidates with his support lose races. major.
The race for Texas’ 6th District may not fall into this category, as the turnout was quite low largely due to the race’s lack of national coverage and its absence on the usual election day in November.
Ms Wright lost Tuesday’s special election to Mr Ellzey by just over 2,500 votes in a run-off in which fewer than 40,000 voters participated in total; Despite Mr. Trump’s endorsement, Mr. Ellzey was backed by prominent Texas Republicans, including Representative Dan Crenshaw and former Governor Rick Perry, who served as Energy Secretary in the Trump administration.